Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much do the week's topic of the top ten _______ and link back.

This week the topic is . . .

Top Ten Romances You Think Should Last Outside the Book

So, uhh, yeah. Here's a list of romances that I think should be not only in books, but also in the real world that all of us would face the moment we tear our eyes from the pages of books. Of course, there's a million that I'd love to see, but these are the ones I can pick up off the top of my head.

Note: some spoilers ahead. Major spoilers are high-lighted.

01. Abel and Anna from The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis
And I haven't finished it yet. Which shows exactly how good the book is. Anna, who finally reaches outside her protective soap bubble, I think couldn't help but pretty much trip over her feet for Abel, the school dealer but a phenomenal brother to Micha after-hours. It's like the typical good girl and the bad boy, but I have a feeling that they're not going to end up well. It's like a hovering storm cloud in the distance.

02. Augustus and Hazel from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Did I mention how obsessed I am with this book? Hazel and Augustus are pretty much meant to be, from what they both endured, to their slightly odd way of just knowing each other. The quote below from their first meeting reveals all.

“May I see you again?" he asked. There was an endearing nervousness in his voice.

I smiled. "Sure."

"Tomorrow?" he asked.

"Patience, grasshopper," I counseled. "You don't want to seem overeager. 

"Right, that's why I said tomorrow," he said. "I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow." I rolled my eyes. "I'm serious," he said. 

"You don't even know me," I said. I grabbed the book from the center console. "How about I call you when I finish this?"

"But you don't even have my phone number," he said.

"I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book." 

He broke out into that goofy smile. "And you say we don't know each other.”

I'd cry but that's not what I do. Honestly I really don't like sappy things. But all the sappiness between them has a fantastic touch of wit that shows exactly how teenagers should act, but makes the two of them seem wise beyond their years.

03. Katsa and Po from Graceling by Kristin Cashore
I'm jealous of the two of them. They can fight with badass-ery. Which is not a real word. Nor is it on-topic. But hey, they're great together, although I must say that most of the credit goes to Po for how far they both grew in their relationship. Po pushes Katsa to be a better person - which sounds really cheesy - and wholeheartedly accepts who she was when she was with Randa. Whenever she started picking apart everything that she's not great at, he always somehow digs up something to compliment her with. Much later in the book do we see Katsa help with Po's personal battle with losing his sight.

04. Zachary and Aura from Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Another one of my book obsessions. I'm a major fangirl of Jeri's books. Zach and Aura, they are literally soul-mates, or at least as close as you'd get. With their complimenting ghost-related powers, and Zach just being an absolute gentleman, I'd love it if I could drive to Baltimore and see them around town, or fly to Scotland to do the same. Which sounds very, very stalker-y. But to me, the two of them are celebrities.

05. Driggs and Alex from Croak by Gina Damico
Do you feel how angsty they get with each other? They fight like a married couple already. Needs no further explanation.

06. Frank and Glory from Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony
Those two don't even need words to describe how much they belong to each other.

07. Tom and Alex from Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
The two of them are mere humans fighting for survival in a world gone so wrong. And lucky for Alex, Tom's nearly perfect. Unfortunately, what becomes of him remains a mystery.. After he gets sick, I think I started crying big-time.

08. Oliver and Hadley from The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
They are adorable together. And, yes, it's a little weird of me to like stuff with 'love at first sight' in the title but it works for these two. They kind of remind me of Augustus and Hazel. A bit.

09. Jack and Saba from Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Saba, excuse my language, is a bit of a b**** at the beginning of the book. The only person she truly cares about is her twin, Lugh. She probably would hire a parade if her little sister Emmi got run over by a horse. And in comes Jack, who pretty much tells her, "Hey, give the kid a break. And quit being so mean. And rude. And blowing people off." And there's the spark.

10. Marco and Celia from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
They're two children raised from a young age to do one thing: perform against another extraordinary magician and win. Spending their childhood years practicing and doing little else would not do much for their social lives, so when they meet each other I think it's little wonder that they would fall - and fall far. In the synopsis, it clearly states "only one can be left standing," which is just plain tragic. The starcrossed pair deserves some peace.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much do the week's topic of the top ten _______ and link back.

Well, this week the topic is Top Ten Posts that Gives You the Best Glimpse into Me. For once, I've actually bothered to check the topic before writing and posting a TTT. Unfortunately, I've been blogging for only approximately one and a half months, so there's nothing I could really put up . . . So instead, to make up for not being able to do the above topic, I'll post the . . .

Top Ten Things You should Know about Me and How it Relates to Reading or Something Book-Related

(Title's a bit long, but nevermind . . .) So here's the top ten things that molded me into the kind of reader I am today. Ugh, that sounded a bit cheesy, but whatever.

01. I'm a child prodigy.
Keyword: child. So right now, I'm quite an average teenager, destroying my parents' dreams of having a Nobel Prize winner in the future. And as a child prodigy, that made me quite prideful, never a very attractive trait. With that pride, I picked up a copy of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, thinking that, of course, I could read it. Needless, to say, I was quite disturbed by it, but at the same time it sparked my interest in slightly strange books.

02. I'm from Asia.
So I immigrated from Asia as a child, and in order to honour my heritage, my mother enrolled me in some extracurricular classes to learn Mandarin. I will not claim to have a great time doing that, but I did learn to communicate in Mandarin, and can read in Mandarin if needed.

03. I love sappy but practical stories.
I wouldn't cry if I watched Titanic or The Notebook, but I start sobbing whenever I read Ilsa J. Bick's Ashes or John Green's The Fault in Our Stars. Truly, I don't get it when people fall hopelessly in love for no apparent reason. They have to have gone through something in order for me to really want to be them. Occasionally, I think it's kind of cute if they don't really have a reason, but it makes no sense at all to me.

04. Grace = least athletic person on earth.
Maybe that's a bit of a stretch, but I spend time reading on my bed than jogging.

05. My attention span sucks. At times.
I'm fine with reading non-fiction in my spare time, but I usually take a long time to finish, unless it's one of those books with a ton of miscellaneous trivia inside. So I might sprout something weird out of my mouth from time to time.

06. I'm an aspiring writer.
Alright, there's a ton of readers out there who wants to write, too, so I don't think I have much of a chance, but that makes me read author bios and the such just so I can see what driven them to begin their career. And which makes me quite obsessed with the works of Gordon Korman; I mean, he published his first book in seventh grade, and is now father to X number of books.

07. I don't have an allowance.
So therefore, I must borrow my books from the library and scrape up money once in a while to buy books. And that makes me quite familiar with the local librarians.

08. My guilty pleasure is paranormal/supernatural stories.
I try telling myself "It's unrealistic!" but that never works. If you look at number 3, you'll see that I try to be practical as much as possible. I actually managed to fool myself into thinking that I'm reading it only to pick apart the scientific mistakes and think up a solution, but I think I have to own up now. How cool is it to have some random power like making a fireball with only a few whispered words?

09. And . . . the Late Night Reader Award goes to Grace Lo!
Unfortunately for me, I'm obsessive with reading, so I end up staying up to the wee hours of the morn reading just so I won't stay up tossing and turning over the book's outcome. So it's like the lesser of two evils to me. It still doesn't work, especially if it's in a series. I'd stay up for who knows how long waiting for the next book to be released or at least available at the local library. I'm quite surprised I don't fall asleep in class more often.

10. I read quite fast.
I remember as a child I'd look at my sister reading and be like "I will read that fast one day." And I did. And surpassed it. I probably should add in something along the lines of "So children, reach for your goals, for you shall achieve it." But I won't. Because that's not Grace-ish. And quite frankly, it puts a strain on my shoulders whenever I go for a library book haul, which is possibly the only physical exercise I go through.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Preteen/MG Authors I'll Always Love

I love YA books and their authors, but hey, MG authors also deserve to be recognized for getting me into reading. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. Anthony Horowitz
Anthony Horowitz, creator of the oh-so-very-badass Alex Rider of the Alex Rider series (the first of which eventually became a movie starring the oh-so-very-adorable Alex Pettyfer) and also other books and series including the Diamond Brother mysteries, Granny, and The Switch. His protagonists are always resourceful, smart, and totally awesome.

02. Gordon Korman
Publishing his book in seventh grade, he became a bestselling childrens' author of the MacDonald Hall series and other trilogies plus several standalones before writing several YA books, including Born to Rock, Pop, Son of the Mob, and Jake, Reinvented.

03. J. K. Rowling
This one's a must. Although I personally think Harry Potter is aimed toward MG readers, anyone can read it.

04. Arthur Slade
So far, the only book of Arthur Slade I've read is The Hunchback Assignments, but it's absolutely amazing and also a great way to introduce younger readers to the steampunk genre.

05. Trenton Lee Stewart
The Mysterious Benedict Society is just so cute, and epic in its own little way. It's not very widely known, but Trenton Lee Stewart written it in a way that it would appeal to younger readers. The protagonists are all superheros in their own way, minus the superpowers.

06. Kenneth Oppel
Kenneth Oppel is not exactly a MG author, but I would personally classify his Silverwing trilogy as MG, while his Matt Cruse trilogy and This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein I'd consider as YA.

07. Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer is the author of the Artemis Fowl series. The last Artemis Fowl book, named The Last Guardian, just came out a while ago. Other books of his include Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, The Wishlist, and Airman.

08. Rick Riordan
As the author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series, he definitely deserves a spot on this list.

09. Eric Walters
Eric Walters doesn't write glowingly happy stories. They're not exactly MG, but I'd let my eleven-year-old sister read them. (Well, at least some of them . . .) He writes books about the reality of life, some sad, some happy, and never glosses over the truth.. Some of them include We All Fall Down, Bifocals, Sketches, Camp X, and Elixir.

10. Lemony Snicket
Lastly, may I present Lemony Snicket, author of the totally macabre and awfully genius Series of Unfortunate Events.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Books I'd Cry To

Some are absolutely heart-touching, while others are a bit creepy, but I cried. I don't cry to a lot of books. That's gotta count for something. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
John Green is a genius. An absolute genius. I think I kind of fell in love with Augustus. (Cough, cough. Kind of?) And the ending just broke my heart. Into little indistinguishable pieces. And stomped all over it.

02. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The definition of star-crossed lovers meet in a duel to the death. (Well, not exactly duel to the death, but still.) And the band of circus entertainers was just so well crafted. The entire circus was so wonderfully thought out. And, again, it was the ending that made me eventually sob. And sob. [Sniffles]

03. Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
Truth to be told, I hated how Derek was keeping that ginormous secret. (No, he's not a drug dealer.) But when things cleared, I couldn't help but feel so, so sad when he started to slip away.

04. The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
Fine, their personal conflicts aren't the type of thing that you'd feel as much for, but I felt that them sharing their own fears were very . . . honest. And I was so happy that they met/found each other!!!

05. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
It was all very, very sweet. And much like number one and two, the ending made me start crying. And crying.

06. Between by Jessica Warman
I have to say that this is probably the only one of Jessica Warman's books that I liked a lot, but she made it so beautiful. Liz watches her friends move on and get over her death. Her sister taking over her world. Her father falling into a drunken stupor. Her boyfriend who seems to be getting over her death, but not really. Honestly, it was her boyfriend's discovery of the "redhead in disguise" moment that made me really love the story.

07. I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder
Watching Ava slowly let go of Jackson and open up is a tear-jerking thing.

08. Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
What if the person who seemed so perfect in so many ways was really so, so wrong. Watching Allie's terrible memories and her own secret knowledge of who Trip really was battle with everyone else's own idea of the Trip who could do no wrong made me want to jerk everyone out from the book (especially the ex-girlfriend) and tell them "Hey, Trip was a dickface (pardon my language), get over it."

09. Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
One word: Tom. He's perfect. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT, ILSA J. BICK???

10. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Oh, Varen . . . I wish that you would eventually escape that terrible, terrible place.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (1)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. So you pretty much make up your own list of the top ten _______ and link back.

Top Ten Books to Read if you like The Hunger Games

Kind of a cliché, but hey, who could actually get sick of The Hunger Games? Below's a list of, mostly dystopia but completely awesome books. Note: the list is not in any particular order. (The links go to Goodreads.) BEWARE OF MILD SPOILERS

01. Gone by Michael Grant
Similarities between the two books: a closed off area with only kids inside; fights for survival; many will never make it out alive. Need I say more?

02. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
A heroine who has to fight for survival in a closed-off arena. Plus a blooming relationship with a cute guy. I think I've heard of that somewhere . . .

03. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
A contest, or rather, a race where only one winner can emerge from the dust. Sounds familiar?

04. Divgergent by Veronica Roth
This is absolutely perfect. I mean, the two badass protagonists both go through the training and whatnot and pwn (not a real word, but whatever) every one of their opponents.

05. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Shatter Me will perpetually be one of my favourites. If I could marry a book, this would be it. Besides, it's dystopia to the MAX.

06. The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Another fantastic series by the reknowned Kimberly Derting. Are you gonna pass this one up? I hope not. Another awesome heroine in here, protecting her little sis and going into the midst of the chaos.

07. Legend by Marie Lu
An awesome debut about another fantastically smart chick.

08. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
The world pretty much ends and ends up in a bloody battle to the death. Ahh, my favourite . . .

09. Scored by Lauren McLaughlin
I'd have to say, Scored is much like Legend in many ways, but again, heroine plus secret battle plus cute guy.

10. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
Personally, I think that Inside Out didn't get enough attention on it. It's adorable, epic, and plain awesome. The story-line is more like Catching Fire, but still, it's a great read.

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